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William S. Bowdern
American exorcist

William S. Bowdern

William S. Bowdern
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Intro American exorcist
Was Priest
From United States of America
Field Religion
Gender male
Birth 13 February 1897
Death 25 April 1983 (aged 86 years)
Star sign Aquarius
St. Louis University High School
William S. Bowdern
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Society of Jesus
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Father William S. Bowdern SJ (February 13, 1897 - April 25, 1983) was a Catholic priest of the Society of Jesus in St. Louis, Missouri. He was the author of The Problems of Courtship and Marriage printed by Our Sunday Visitor in 1939. He was a graduate of and taught at St. Louis University High School; he also taught at St. Louis University. Bowdern participated in an exorcism of Roland Doe in 1949. The incident became the basis of William Peter Blatty's novel The Exorcist.


In 1949, Bowdern was assisted in the exorcism of an anonymously named boy by fellow Jesuit priest Walter Halloran. Author William Peter Blatty contacted Bowdern as part of his research for his novel The Exorcist. In a 2000 TV movie titled Possessed, Bowdern was played by Timothy Dalton.

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